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The Maze Runner: Maze Runner, Book 1 | [James Dashner]

The Maze Runner: Maze Runner, Book 1

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade - a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.
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When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade - a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they've closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up - the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

©2009 James Dashner; (P)2009 Listening Library

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    Jeff 12-30-14
    Jeff 12-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great listen!"

    Good narration, great story, kept me engaged throughout the whole story. Can't wait to start the second book

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    Judith Miller Fort Irwin, CA, US 12-29-14
    Judith Miller Fort Irwin, CA, US 12-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A Good Listen"
    What does Mark Deakins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The book was very well read. Mark Deakins was pleasant to listen to. His pace was perfect, and I loved how he differentiated between characters.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a young adult (or teen) book, but as a grandmother, I still really enjoyed it. I am looking forward to the next book.

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    Rob Tison IV 12-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Very Entertaining"

    Great book, can't wait to see the movie! Great reader too. I hope the next book is as good as this one was.

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    Michael 12-23-14
    Michael 12-23-14
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    "good read"

    Good read. Interesting book and much better than the movie version. Narrator was easy to listen to and did a nice job on differentiating his voice for different characters.

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    Ally 12-20-14
    Ally 12-20-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Maze Runner - Review"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Maze Runner to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version, but I listen to audio books while I'm working and I found it captivating. Mark Deakins is an amazing narrator, and I felt so connected to the story. It was an amazing book, 100% recommended to other listeners!


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    Lorena 12-19-14
    Lorena 12-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great beginning fr this YA trilogy."

    Quick paced, fun read! Gets you hooked for more. Let's see what happens... Cannot wait!

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    Hanna 12-16-14
    Hanna 12-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely breath taking!"
    Where does The Maze Runner rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The top 4! along with the rest of the series (scorch trials, death cure and kill order)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Deffenetly Newt, he is the perfect combination of nice, strong, and brave. He is one like no other


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Minho, Thomas and Ably are stuck inside the maze at night


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me cry, laugh and smile. It made me angry and afraid. It made me have hope and gave me a new view on everything


    Any additional comments?

    There is no series more inspiring and beautiful than this I highly recommend all four books to everyone!

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    Chris 12-16-14
    Chris 12-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good start but disappointing sequel"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The first book in the series captures your imagination and creates a desire for answers to the mysterious past. The book reveals little by way of those answers. By the Scorch Trials it is unbearable, the author is just filling space with meaningless interactions. I could not even finish it. I did not care enough about the answers to sit through another minute!!


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Dashner again?

    No. His writing style is so repetitive. Pay attention to how many times he uses the phrase: "It was like......" to describe a situation. It becomes very annoying and most of the time the description he likens the event to is not a good comparison.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    This is what got me interested in the book series. The movie was strangely way more entertaining than the book.


    Any additional comments?

    So much promise with how the story begins. So disappointing. Characters are shallow and throw away. The conditions they are suppose to endure don't suspend your disbelief enough to buy into the story.

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    Sora SOMERVILLE, MA, United States 12-15-14
    Sora SOMERVILLE, MA, United States 12-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Something wonky with recording, but awesome book"
    Where does The Maze Runner rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved the book and the story line. I had a terrible time with the audio file. For some reason, it kept freezing and it would not play. I had to re-download it several times at different levels (standard to high) and it still had issues. But, the book, narration, and story itself were great!


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    Eden Shapiro AUSTIN, TEXAS, US 12-15-14
    Eden Shapiro AUSTIN, TEXAS, US 12-15-14 Member Since 2012
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    "100x better than movie"

    I absolutely love this series! Wow once you start reading you can't stop. I listed to this book for 2 days straight. Really original book idea!

    The movie was crap, I wouldn't even waste your time.

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